Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Ice Storm

 In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

 The Ice Storm

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Woody Allen, Crisis in Six Scenes

Crisis in Six Scenes

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Easy to hate if you plan to hate it
1 October 2016 | by See all my reviews
For many people, there is too much wrong with this series. It's a later period Woody Allen work, it stars Miley Cyrus, and it's a series instead of a movie, leading people to assume- knowing Allen- it would feel like one long movie, dragged out into six half hour pieces.

This is a great series, it definitely feels like a later period Allen movie, but you shouldn't hold that against it. (You may stop reading here, but I think many recent Woody Allen movies have been very good.) It's a period piece filled with political discourse and many references to political writers- all very Allen-esque. I'd like to respond here to a comment in another review that said the 60s setting was just a gimmick. If that reviewer had actually watched more than the first episode, they would (hopefully) pick up on the fact that the charged political climate and the generational conflicts surrounding the Vietnam War is the central theme of the series.

Miley Cyrus does well, not amazing, but not distractingly poor. She did her job and made her way through the Allen dialogue, providing a character you find very annoying, but sometimes correct and alluring.

The format does lend itself to some dragging in the first episode, but that is just a set up to the types of lives lived by Allen and Elaine May (who, of course, is wonderful here, finding herself to be pulled in by the charm and discourse of Cyrus's character), which will later be found to enrich the experience when it all comes down to the busy finale.

In summary, it's a pretty great series that's a quick watch, but still a complex, politically charged investigation of generational conflict, complete with Allen's trademark comedic stylings and anti- climactic ending (which, by the way, is incredibly fitting to the contention Cyrus's character makes about the older generation's response to the war).

I'd give it an 8.5, but I'm rounding up to make up for the unjust/incomplete ratings.

Arrival (2016)



Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. Written by Jwelch5742

Copycat (1995)


In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan and Reuben Goetz are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Johnny Skidmarks (1998)

Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the list? Written by Anonymous

Johnny Skidmarks

low-key but compelling
litgeekgrrl21 June 2004
I found Skidmarks absolutely compelling. Peter Gallagher plays a crime-scene photographer with a sideline of blackmailing men who take his prostitute friend to motels. Gallagher, whom I've not much liked in other movies, does a terrific job as the numb, depressed antihero, unaffected by the crime scenes and accident scenes he photographs until his fellow blackmailers start turning up as victims. The movie is full of deadpanned quips and black humor (e.g., the exchange between McDormand and Gallagher when she's trying to pick him up in a hamburger joint. McDormand, cool and tough: "Do you have a name?" Gallagher: "Yeah. Do you?") The film is not flashy enough ever to have made it big, but the plot and characters are utterly original and the acting is uniformly excellent.

The Horseman (2008)

Christian, a divorced father and white collar businessman grieves over the complicated death of his daughter. When a video arrives anonymously in the mail, featuring his daughter heavily intoxicated and mistreated, Christian sets out on a reckless journey to find answers. Fuelled by rage and sorrow, the death toll quickly rises as he uncovers an ugly truth. Along the way he meets Alice, a young runaway not unlike his daughter and a fragile friendship begins to unfold. Written by Anonymous

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One of the best revenge films I've ever seen.
3 May 2010 | by See all my reviews
Christian is an everyman forty something pest controller, grieving over the death of his drug addicted tearaway daughter, found dead in mysterious circumstances. One day however, he receives a video tape through his letterbox. Upon playing it, he sees it's a porn film. A porn film starring his daughter... So begins a brutal, gritty and at times bone crunchingly violent odyssey of revenge, as Christian proves himself quite implacable and merciless when it comes to dispensing his own brand of justice on those he deems responsible for his grief. Yet, this is no simple ra-ra revenge driven film. It's just as much a study in loneliness and grief as well as a blistering revenge film, and has some rather poignant scenes, such as his tentative friendship with a young runaway hitch hiker. Also, NOBODY does scum quite like Australia, and to any Australian readers, believe me this is a compliment.

The Horseman is excellent-savage, grim, bleak yet touching. 9/10, one of the best revenge films I've ever seen, and that isn't something I'd say lightly.

Highly highly recommended for any fan of revenge films or horror. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Out of Towners

                                                               The Out of Towners